Twin Harbor jobless rates decline in March

Jobless rates on the Twin Harbors fell in March, though both continue to remain among the highest in the state.

Grays Harbor saw its unemployment rate fall by .5 percent from February to 13.1. Pacific County’s jobless rate dropped a full percentage point to 11.5 in March, continuing a decline that began after a peak of 12.8 percent to begin the year. Grays Harbor’s rate fell after remaining at 13.6 percent during the first two months of 2013.

Ferry County had the highest jobless rate in the state at 14.2 percent, followed by Grays Harbor. Stevens and Pend Orielle counties both logged 13 percent unemployment rates, while Lewis County’s 12.5 percent rounded out the top five. Finishing the top 10 were Wahkiakum (12.1), Pacific, Skamania and Okanogan (all at 11.5) and Columbia (11.3).

Statewide, the jobless rate fell to 7.5 percent in March, its lowest rate since November of 2012. Though the unemployment rates on the Twin Harbors are much higher, the counties have mirrored the statewide trend with relatively stable jobless rates during the second half of 2012, followed by a spike in unemployment between December and January, with the rate beginning to decline again.